Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly Paperback

The Modern Religion of Conscience

by David S. Pacini;

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Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly

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Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly presents a genealogy and critique of the ideal of conscience in modern philosophical theology, particularly in the writings of Hobbes, Rousseau, and Kant. It shows why the apparently emancipatory rejection of heteronomy compromised the ideal of self-legislated freedom.
David Pacini argues that, despite its advocacy of the popular political value of common understanding, the modern religion of conscience has become the Achilles' heel of both Kantian and Freudian thought. It is doomed to succumb to its own fundamentally narcissistic or self-relating orientation. Avoiding the tenacious clich that the luminaries of modern philosophy simply replaced God with the self, David Pacini argues that the modern religion of conscience emerges out of a far more radical kind of disenchantment, one in which both God and self are de-divinized. Bereft of divinity, the God of modernity becomes empty; the self of modernity, in its autonomy, becomes hopelessly tied to dissociation from origins and to loss of a world.
Left only to itself, the conscientious individual has only the world it legitimates through self-relating. But given that any other world is inconceivable, the conscientious individual can never know whether its world is just or merely the expression of self-interest. Paradoxically, Pacini argues, the most formidable proponents of the modern religion of conscience share with their critics a common problem: the self-legislating self has become both indispensable and impossible within much of modern philosophy and theology. This unique and interdisciplinary interpretation of conscience makes an important contribution for scholars and students of modern philosophy, Christian theology, psychoanalytic theory, and literary criticism.

Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly by David S. Pacini was published by Fordham University Press in February 2012. The ISBN for Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly is 9780823229659.

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Details for Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly

Page last updated 1st December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFordham University Press (February 2012)
Number of Pages222
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4026364
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